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Los Angeles Plays Itself -- A film by Thom Andersen.

A Cinema Guild Release.

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Thom Andersen (text)
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Plot:
A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Common Ground: Pedro Costa and Thom Andersen in Dialogue
 (From MUBI. 17 July 2015, 4:26 AM, PDT)

In the Evening of the Day: Thom Andersen’s "The Thoughts That Once We Had"
 (From MUBI. 8 May 2015, 1:19 AM, PDT)

The Noteworthy: 8 April 2015
 (From MUBI. 10 April 2015, 10:30 AM, PDT)

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Cast

 
Encke King ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Thom Andersen 
 
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Thom Andersen (text)

Produced by
Thom Andersen .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Deborah Stratman 
 
Film Editing by
Seung-Hyun Yoo 
 
Sound Department
Thor Moser .... sound
Craig Smith .... sound
 
Editorial Department
Peter Bo Rappmund .... addtional editing
 

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169 min
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Factual errors: The narration describes architect John Lautner's famous Chemosphere house as "a hexagon of wood, steel, and glass." The Chemosphere is octagonal.See more »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating Los Angeles, 1 November 2004
Author: Popey-6 from London, England

Most people are going to say 'whoa!' at the running time for this lengthy (3 and a bit hours) documentary but it is one of the most fascinating films you can see on the subject of Los Angeles (certainly not L.A.). Andersen's monotone voice does not grate or bore and is scripted well not to tell too much or too little about the city. The running time, as any film or LA aficionado will appreciate, is not nearly enough time to fit in all that could be said, or shown, about the city, people, buildings, spaces, representations but he does very well with condensing what he has gathered.

Many critics have argued that the poor quality (it is entirely on video) of a lot (even the most recent) footage lets the piece down slightly which is true if the viewer is to appreciate the wide landscapes but matters not where he is simply trying to illustrate an oft-repeated point. People will say 'what about 'The Couch Trip' or 'where's 'Beverley Hills Cop' but this is just nit-picking a fine achievement and a labour of love that Andersen has fortunately been able to share with the world. Even if you haven't been to Los Angeles you'll love this trip through the movies.

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